Timber Grows Up

Architects and engineers, drawn to wood for its environmental attributes, push the material to new limits.
Architectural Record
By Joann Gonchar, AIA
Continuing Education

Learning Objectives - After this course, you should be able to:

  1. Define the term “mass timber.”
  2. Discuss the fire-resistive and structural properties of different types of wood construction.
  3. Outline the environmental benefits of building with wood.
  4. Describe the construction and structural strategies that some project teams are deploying in order to use wood in taller buildings.


AAA 1 Structured Learning Hour
AANB 1 Hour of Core Learning
AAPEI 1 Structured Learning Hour
SAA 1 Hour of Core Learning
MAA 1 Structured Learning Hour
NSAA 1 Hour of Core Learning
OAA 1 Learning Hour
NLAA 1 Hour of Core Learning
NWTAA 1 Structured Learning Hour
This course can be self-reported to the AIBC, as per their CE Guidelines.

This course discusses recently completed, under-construction, and proposed mass-timber buildings. It outlines the environmental benefits, as well as the challenges, of using wood in unconventional ways—both in tall and low-rise structures. And it explores the structural, fire-resistive, and other performance qualities of engineered-wood products.

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Mass Timber Construction

Image courtesy Rune Abrahamsen


Originally published in Architectural Record.